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The Human Tree

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 Many have Earth's lovers been,
Tried in seas and wars, I ween;
Yet the mightiest have I seen:
Yea, the best saw I.
One that in a field alone Stood up stiller than a stone Lest a moth should fly.
Birds had nested in his hair, On his shoon were mosses rare, Insect empires flourished there, Worms in ancient wars; But his eyes burn like a glass, Hearing a great sea of grass Roar towards the stars.
From them to the human tree Rose a cry continually: `Thou art still, our Father, we Fain would have thee nod.
Make the skies as blood below thee, Though thou slay us, we shall know thee.
Answer us, O God! `Show thine ancient fame and thunder, Split the stillness once asunder, Lest we whisper, lest we wonder Art thou there at all?' But I saw him there alone, Standing stiller than a stone Lest a moth should fall.

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